My name is Noah Elkrief, and I am here to help you to experience the inherent peace, freedom, and wholeness of living in the moment. I am the author of the #1 Amazon Bestseller “A Guide to The Present Moment”, I created the web app “The 5 Steps to The Present Moment”, I run a video blog on this website, and I help people to live in the moment through individual sessions out of my office in Manhattan (NYC), as well as on Skype and over the phone.
Almost all of us have had moments (if not years) in our lives where we have experienced stress, shame, anger, worry, sadness, and feelings of unworthiness. It certainly seems as though these emotions are inevitable, and directly created by ourselves, our circumstances, and the people in our lives. However, if you’re willing to look at your life with real honesty, it is possible to discover that all these emotions are actually created by thoughts in your mind—and each of them can vanish in an instant if you just stop believing these thoughts to be true.
If a random person tells you, “The world is going to end tomorrow”, and you believe them, how would you feel? You will likely experience fear. But if you didn’t believe them, then how would their comment make you feel? You almost certainly wouldn’t feel any fear. This demonstrates that when you believe someone’s words to be true, they create emotions. But when you don’t believe someone’s words, their words don’t have the power to create emotions.
The same is true of the thoughts (words) in your mind. If you believe a negative thought about yourself or your life, that thought will create an unwanted emotion. However, if you don’t believe that thought, it quite simply won’t create the unwanted emotion.
In any moment that you are experiencing an unwanted emotion, as soon as you disbelieve the thought that is creating it, your emotion instantly dissolves, and you will be left in peace.
As you disbelieve more of the thoughts that create your suffering, you can be happy in more and more situations, and happier for a larger percentage of your days. The fewer thoughts you believe, the more you will be living in the moment, and the more peace, love, laughter, wholeness, and gratitude you will experience in your life.
The content on this website is meant to help you to experience the inherent peace of living in the moment mostly by showing you how to identify and disbelieve the thoughts that keep you from feeling free, whole, and happy. To get started, check out my blog post How To Feel Happy
For some unknown reason, I always wanted to know the truth about life more than anything else. So much so that every wish I ever made was only to know this truth. Since I believed meditation would eventually expose this truth, I started doing meditation practices every day when I was 6 years old.
Naturally, I also had many other goals. I wanted success, wealth, and a job I enjoyed. I wanted to prove I was smart. I wanted to go to amazing parties, to date beautiful women, and to see the most beautiful places in the world. I wanted people to love me.
Somehow, while still quite young, I managed to get everything I had ever wanted.
- I was working in a prestigious and high-paying job that I loved as a corporate strategy consultant in London, worked on the trading floor at Goldman Sachs, and was later accepted into the prestigious Mensa society.
- I traveled around the world, and saw more incredible scenes of nature than I could have imagined
- I enjoyed unbelievable parties in exotic places (always sober), and dated beautiful women from all around Europe
- Everyone always seemed to love me. I was very happy.
Yet I still wasn’t content. I frequently judged others. I worried about others’ opinions of me. I was constantly trying to improve myself. My mind was constantly searching for more enjoyable experiences. The bottom line being that I just never felt complete or at peace.
Then, in one moment, during a meditation retreat in the summer of 2009, all of my thoughts seemed to completely disappear from my mind. The result was the experience of tremendous peace, freedom, and contentment. As it turned out, this wasn’t just a passing experience. The vast majority of my psychological thoughts just vanished, and have rarely attempted to return since. That moment marked the end of my pursuit of happiness.
This shift led me to discover 5 major things:
- Any time I experience an unwanted emotion, it is only created by believing a thought in my mind.
- Each time I identify the thought that is creating my unwanted emotion, I can question whether that thought is true, and discover that I really don’t know whether it is.
- Once I stop believing a thought to be true, I stop experiencing the emotion that thought created, and I come right back to the inherent peace of the present moment.
- Each time I disbelieve a thought, that thought rarely ever shows up again in my mind.
- No matter what my circumstances are, I am always fulfilled when I don’t have any psychological thoughts or don’t believe my psychological thoughts.
At this point, the thoughts that generally create suffering and discontent for people either don’t arise in my mind or aren’t believed when they do show up. This has left me with a predominantly silent mind, and the virtually uninterrupted experience of peace. No matter what is going on in my life, since no thought about it is believed, I remain feeling peaceful, happy, and whole. This is not some special experience. It is simply the inherent experience of living in the moment.
In the summer of 2010 I quit my job as a Strategy Consultant, and started to teach individual sessions and write about how to live in the moment. Now I teach individual sessions full-time, and my book “A Guide to the Present Moment” is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
The content on this website is not theory or philosophy. Everything I speak about is meant to be directly experienced. It is also not the type of thing that you need to practice for years in order to eventually reap the rewards. All of my videos, words, and exercises are meant to have an immediate emotional impact… whether that is relief from an unwanted emotion or just the experience of peace.
In order to impact your experience of life, the content on this website is almost entirely based on direct discovery. Therefore, everything revolves around questions and exercises that I will ask you to engage with. You can get some value if you just listen to what I speak about, but you are likely to get much more value out of my video blog posts if you actively engage with the exercises that I will take you through.
Also, in order to help me provide value to you, I would appreciate it if you could please let me know when you don’t understand something that I speak about, and let me know when you found something really helpful. This will help me to ensure that all of my content is giving everyone value.
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Once again, my name is Noah Elkrief, please feel free to contact me at any time if you have any questions, comments, concerns, or suggestions. I love to hear from people.